New Summary of Community Issues in Governor’s Budget
Governor Walker has proposed a budget that nearly freezes an important funding source for counties and municipalities, which would make it harder for local governments to provide the services that make Wisconsin communities attractive places to do business and raise families. A new budget summary released today by the Wisconsin Budget Project describes this and other changes that would affect Wisconsin communities and local governments.
The new summary describes:
- How a near-freeze on support for communities would leave them unable to keep up with population growth, and diminish their capacity to provide police and fire services, maintain sidewalks and parks, and repair roads.
- How a proposed change in the way technical colleges are funded by the state could result in fewer resources for colleges located in poorer parts of the state; and
- How the budget would limit the amount of property taxes communities and schools are able to raise.